|Old train bridge at Middleton's Riverside Park|
It was amazingly calm and smelled wonderful. The jays and cardinals created quite a ruckus as they decimated the few dessicated hawthorne berries left over from last fall. This short jaunt failed to satiate The Boy's need to walk, and in short order we carried on with our trail-seeking adventure.
Our Sunday Drive took us up South Mountain this fine morning. Although we did end up on a few sketchy back roads (where "No Trespassing" signs start to outnumber trees), we occasionally stopped to snap a few photos.
|Derelict Unity Baptist Church at Bloomington.|
|Apparently people don't lock their mailboxes in Bloomington. Poor Canada is keeping his friend, Coat of Arms, company whilst recovering from a broken leg.|
|There is a small hydro-electricity generating station at Nictaux Falls.|
|There is definitely no trespassing here... nope. None at all. Could be very, very dangerous.|
|The generating station at Nictaux. I was definitely not trespassing. Nope...|
|... because trespassing could be dangerous - dangerous like, incinerated soil and rocks (sillicates). As in, an enormous amount of electricity grounded here. As in, holy shit a person could have been vaporized! As in, I rapidly un-not-trespassed.|
|Nictaux Falls in the spring. This waterway powers the small plant.|
|The red building at the Nictaux Falls stop sign.|
|The old train bridge at Middleton. This is the same bridge in the water photo at top.|
We walked to the other side of the bridge and down to the Nictaux River below. Had we launched a wee boat at the Hydro station, we may have found it floating lazily down river at this location.
This stretch of rail was finished in 1893 by The Nictaux and Atlantic Railway Company. NAR was chartered in 1873 (c.40) to build a railway from Middleton, in the Annapolis Valley, to Bridgewater and Mahone Bay, with an extension to Liverpool. Middleton was already served by the Windsor and Annapolis, but Bridgewater would not be connected directly to Halifax for another thirty years.
The NAR ran the Blueberry Special, so-called, because (at least by report) a passenger could jump off the front end and pick a pail of blueberries before the last coach came by. These trains were typically fairly short, reducing the apparent speed even more. Another name for the trains was the Sauerkraut train, obviously referring to the German original of the settlers in Lunenburg County to which they were bound.
In 1875, NAR became Nova Scotia, Nictaux and Atlantic. In1886 the name changed again to Nova Scotia Central Railway Company.
In 1903, barely ten years after it was completed, the Nova Scotia Central became part of the Canadian Northern, eventually Canadian National. The route was operated for passenger service into the 1950s and for freight until abandoned in the 1980s.
|Sadly, The Boy did not find a troll.|
|That's funny, Too says nice things about them...|